August 18, 2017

In This Issue
"We need to be vigilant to make sure the San Fernando Valley gets its fair share of transit improvements from Measure M."

- Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield at VICA's 2017 Local Officeholders Luncheon
Media Highlights

Will There Be a Dramatic Slowdown in the Construction of L.A. Housing?
LA Weekly, August 11 

State Meddles in L.A. County Affairs with Push to Add Supervisors,
Daily News, August 16


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members




Signature Flights

VICA Welcomes Our New Member

Barlow Respiratory Hospital

The Week Ahead

VICA University Workshop with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Thursday, August 24
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
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Boost Your Business with Facebook feat. Senator Henry Stern
Friday, August 25
8:30 a.m.
Monterey at Encino
16821 Burbank Blvd., 
Encino, CA
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Save The Date

Sacramento Advocacy Day
Wednesday, August 30
All Day
California State Capitol
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Labor & Employment Committee
Wednesday, Sept. 6
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
The VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way,
Suite 170
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VICA After Dark with LAUSD Board Member Scott Schmerelson
Sponsored by Toll Brothers
Wednesday, Sept. 6
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Palisades at Westcliffe
11741 N. Manchester Way, Porter Ranch
Click here to RSVP

Hot Issues Hot_Issues

The organizations that run California's electric grid are gearing up to deal with the impact of next Monday's solar eclipse on the energy supply. California has almost half the solar power in the whole country.

City officials are exploring ways to combat record-breaking, rising temperatures in Los Angeles. One tactic for achieving Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's goal to reduce the city's average temperature by 3 degrees Fahrenheit over the next 20 years may involve coating city streets in a substance known as CoolSeal, a gray-colored coating designed to reflect solar rays.

Five  proposals for various bond measures could total billions and will be considered by the legislature over the next month. The proposals include bonds for housing, parks and water.

The San Fernando Valley has experienced a spike in the number of West Nile virus cases this year. Almost half of the 22 people from Los Angeles County who tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year are from the San Fernando Valley. Officials with the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District found 49 infected mosquito samples in the past week alone.

Seventy-seven percent of Los Angeles renters plan to relocate to different cities, according to a new study from the rental site Apartment List. In Los Angeles, 49 percent of renters surveyed listed affordability as their top reason for moving.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) launched a two-day pilot program designed to test airport-style body scanners that screen subway passengers for firearms and explosives. Metro is conducting the pilot program to evaluate the accuracy and capacity of the portable machines, as well as to determine if the scanners could become permanent fixtures in the Los Angeles transit system.
Local Officials Join VICA for 2017 Local Officeholders Luncheon
Linkage Fee Will Worsen Housing Affordability in Los Angeles
Register Now for VICA's 2017 Business Forecast Conference
VICA Strongly Opposes Ban on County Contracting
Register Now for VICA University With The Department of City Planning
VICA Expresses Support of NAFTA
VICA Seeking Administrative Assistant
Immediate opportunity for an Administrative Assistant for a small, but busy office in Van Nuys. The Administrative Assistant is the face of VICA for most visitors and many VICA members. While duties range from managing the front desk activities to compiling event registration, the first priority of the Assistant is always the person who calls in or walks through the door.

This is a great opportunity for an ambitious graduate to learn about advocacy and the business community in the San Fernando Valley.

If you or someone you know is a qualified candidate, click below to learn more about the requirements for the position and information on how to apply.

Join VICA's 2018 Board of Directors or Be a Committee Chair
VICA's 2018 Board of Directors nomination and selection process is under way, and we want your suggestions! Board members must be able to attend regular board meetings and be prepared to vote on a wide variety of public policy issues. Board members must also attend regular committee meetings and VICA events. Additional responsibilities may include calling or writing lawmakers, attending press conferences, testifying, authoring editorials, interacting with top opinion leaders and more. For more information on the 2018 Board of Directors guidelines, click here.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating on the board in 2018, please click on the nomination form below and submit to If you don't want to serve on the board, but are interested in serving as a committee chair, please let us know that on the nomination form.

Send VICA Your Nominations for the 2017 Harmon Ballin Award

On October 7, 2017, join Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV and Homes 4 Families in going Over the Edge for Veterans - a chance for the most daring donors to rappel down the Universal Hilton. 100 percent of the funds you raise will help build homes and provide services for veteran families in North Los Angeles County. Click here to register or explore sponsorship opportunities, or call Donielle DeLeon at (818) 884-8808.
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